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Cinequest Screenwriting Competiton
410 S. First Street
San Jose, CA 95128
United States
408-995-5033 x125
screenplay@cinequest.org
www.cinequest.org/screenplay_submissions

Contact: Antonea Colon, Screenplay Competition Coordinator
Description: The Cinequest Screenwriting Competition continues to empower global connectivity between screenwriters, filmmakers, producers, and innovators. Entering it’s eleventh year, the competition retains a stellar reputation that hinges in no small part on its knack for exhibiting a compelling mix of stories from around the globe and providing opportunities for writers to tap into a network recognized for accelerating their drive towards success.

Objective: Recognized as a Top 10 Film Festival by the "Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide", Cinequest provides the finest discovery bastion of international film premieres, breakthrough technology, artists, and innovators. Cinequest presents a dynamic 13-day festival with 300+ screenings and events with over 700 artists, innovators, and professionals representing 50 countries. Over 100,000 attend the festival annually.
Eligibility: All Genres in Features, Shorts, and Teleplay
Entry Fee: $35-$65
Type: Screenplay, Short Screenplay, TV Scripts
Originates From: United States
Occurrence: Yearly
Sponsored By:
Start Date: 6/1/2016
Submission Deadlines: 11/7/2016
Winners Announced: March 2017
Year of Origin: 2004
Rules: SUBMISSION FORMAT:
•All genres are accepted. Especially seeking comedy, thriller/mystery, sci-fi, and highly original material.

•Contestants from all countries are eligible.

•Screenplays must be submitted in English.

•Length (not including title page): Feature-length screenplays must be between 70 -125 pages.Short film screenplays must be 20 pages or less. Teleplays must be between 45-70 pages (approx. 1 hour show).

•Please use proper script formatting according to industry standards.

•Digital submissions in PDF format only.

•Please include ONLY the title and the tracking number on the submitted manuscript to prevent reader bias. Full contact info, writer’s name, title and company information should not be printed on any part of the actual screenplay.

•Rewritten/corrected pages WILL NOT be accepted once the entry has been received.

RESTRICTIONS:

•No entry fee refunds.

•Script must not have been previously optioned, purchased, currently in production or previously produced. Any script that becomes purchased, optioned or put into production before the final jury decision on February 16, 2015 will be eliminated from the competition with no entry refund.

•Scripts written as adaptations of other works must have secured rights before being submitted.

•Notifications sent to finalists by February 2014. The winner is announced at the Writers Celebration during Cinequest Film Festival 25, February 23 – March 8, 2015.
Prizes and Awards: Feature-Length Screenplays

First Place:

$5,000 Cash Prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team.
Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award at Cinequest Film Festival during Writers Celebration.
Amenities listed below for Top Ten Finalists.

Top Ten Finalists:

Recognition on the Cinequest website and through a Cinequest press release.
Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival with two (2) VIP All Access passes (valued at $1,000).
Exclusive invitation to Writers Celebration (date to be determined), which includes a private VIP Screenwriters Lunch for finalist and one guest, a practice Pitch-Session with industry leaders, and participation in Screenplay Competition Awards Ceremony with Maverick Spirit Honoree (past honorees: J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Dennis Lehane, and more).
Special discounts and rates on hotel accommodations during Cinequest Film Festival.
Opportunity to have script read by industry professionals. Past industry professionals on the screenplay panel have included:
Peter Trinh, Motion Picture Agent at ICM Partners
Hernany Perla, Creative Executive at Lions Gate Films
Judit Maull, Production Executive at Happy Madison Productions (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, You Don’t Mess With The Zohan, Click, The Longest Yard)
Grace Clark, Entertainment One
Nate Bolotin, Co-Founder of Production and Film Financing at XYZ Films
Nancy Rae Stone, President and Producer at First Light Films
Josh Grossman, Senior Vice President for the Goldstein Company (Pretty Woman, The Mothman Prophecies, Under Siege, Under Siege 2: Dark Territory, Ringmaster)
Glen Reynolds, Circus Road
Dan Lupovitz, Producer at Big Bad Wolf Productions (Hunky Dory, Good, and Simpatico)
Tim Albaugh, Producer at Popular Films
Kate Sharp, Occupant Films
Diane McGee, McGee Creative (Girl In Progress, Memory Lane, and The Reckoning)
Leslie Kallen, Manager at Leslie Kallen Management
Eugene Mandelcorn, Principal for Film Artists Cinema & Television (FACT)
Lucy Shuttleworth, Co-Writer and Associate Producer of The Secret of Moonacre
Jaques Themalaque, President of Filmmakers Alliance, President of 5 Minute Film School and Co-President of FA Productions
Jessica Yingling, Production Executive at Cheyenne Enterprises (Live Free or Die Hard, Hostage, The Whole Ten Yards)
Scott Cornfield, Owner of Reel Good Pictures

Short Film Screenplays

First Place:

$1,000 Cash Prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team.
Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award at Cinequest Film Festival during Writers Celebration.
Option to screen winning short film at future Cinequest Film Festival (runtime no longer than 20 minutes and must be independently produced, Cinequest is not responsible for production).
Amenities listed below for Top Ten Finalists.

Top Ten Finalists:

Recognition on the Cinequest website and through a Cinequest press release.
Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival with two (2) VIP All Access passes (valued at $1,000).
Exclusive invitation to Writers Celebration (date to be determined), which includes a private VIP Screenwriters Lunch for finalist and one guest, a practice Pitch-Session with industry leaders, and participation in Screenplay Competition Awards Ceremony with Maverick Spirit Honoree (past honorees: J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Dennis Lehane, and more).
Special discounts and rates on hotel accommodations during Cinequest Film Festival.
Opportunity to have script read by industry professionals.

Teleplays (60 Minute)

First Place:

$1,000 Cash Prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team.
Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award at Cinequest Film Festival during Writers Celebration.
Amenities listed below for Top Ten Finalists.

Top Ten Finalists:

Recognition on the Cinequest website and through a Cinequest press release.
Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival with two (2) VIP All Access passes (valued at $1,000).
Exclusive invitation to Writers Celebration (date to be determined), which includes a private VIP Screenwriters Lunch for finalist and one guest, a practice a Pitch-Session with industry leaders, and participation in Screenplay Competition Awards Ceremony with Maverick Spirit Honoree (past honorees: J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Dennis Lehane, and more).
Special discounts and rates on hotel accommodations during Cinequest Film Festival.
Opportunity to have script read by industry professionals.

Teleplays (30 Minute)

First Place:

$1,000 Cash Prize. A winning script by more than one writer will have the cash prize split evenly between members of the writing team.
Presentation of an inscribed Crystal Award at Cinequest Film Festival 2016 during Writers Celebration.
Amenities listed below for Top Ten Finalists.

Top Ten Finalists:

Recognition on the Cinequest website and through a Cinequest press release.
Invitation to Cinequest Film Festival with two (2) VIP All Access passes (valued at $1,000).
Exclusive invitation to Writers Celebration (date to be determined), which includes a private VIP Screenwriters Lunch for finalist and one guest, a practice a Pitch-Session with industry leaders, and participation in Screenplay Competition Awards Ceremony with Maverick Spirit Honoree (past honorees: J.J. Abrams, Neil Gaiman, Lawrence Kasdan, Dennis Lehane, and more).
Special discounts and rates on hotel accommodations during Cinequest Film Festival.
Opportunity to have script read by industry professionals.
More: Fees vary between Feature-length and Short-film screenplay. Please visit our website for list of deadlines and fees.

www.cinequest.org/screenplay_submissions

 


 

 

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